News & Reviews: Samsung Galaxy Note III review
Last Updated: Sep 02, 2013
While the Samsung Galaxy Note III is just days from being unveiled, some new rumours have cropped up stating that a cheaper version may also be in development. This cheaper version may get it's price cut due to lower-end internal features and tech specs such as the aforementioned 8MP camera sensor. Other hardware that may be cut-down includes the Super AMOLED screen which may be replaced with an LCD screen. So far, no news on actual pricing or availability but according to the rumours 30% of the entire first batch of Samsung Galaxy Note III phablets are in fact the cheaper versions and will be sold alongside the more expensive version for more options. No exact release dates in Malaysia but the report further states that the cheaper version would be made available for emerging markets like Malaysia. For now, we can only wait and see the Samsung Galaxy Note III unveiling on 4 September 2013.
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2013
Rumours have cropped up in Taiwan that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note III phablet may be going on pre-order just 12 days after it's announcement. We've all "Noted" the Samsung Unpacked 2 event slated for 4 September 2013, but according to these rumours, the phablet is likely to go on pre-order on 16 September 2013, with sales expected to begin on or after 27 September 2013. This rumour comes because the Note III was earlier said to "ship" in September which may indicate that it could be available in Malaysia and other countries sooner than expected. No real definite release dates in Malaysia just yet though but with the announcement just next week, it shouldn't be long now. As a refresher, the Note III is expected to offer tech specs which include 3GB of RAM, 4K video recording capabilities and a 5.68-inch Full HD 1080p display screen.
Last Updated: Aug 27, 2013
While most people are contently watching or converting to full HD 1080p, the display industry are pushing for the adoption of 4K video. Part of the reasons why not many people are buying 4K displays is that there isn't any content to display it with as there just aren't enough media conversions yet. According to some rumours, the Samsung Galaxy Note III may offer 4K video recording support which would help push the 4K adoption movement a whole lot quicker.
Sourced from South Korean dailies, the rumour indicates that the Samsung Galaxy Note III will offer video recording at 3840 x 2160 pixels (this matches with 4K video resolutions) and may also include 24-bit/192KHz music playback. This would mean that the Samsung Galaxy Note III would not only be able to record 4K video but also playback some awesome audio (hopefully it packs on some quality speakers as well). So far there isn't any Malaysia release date just yet but the Samsung Galaxy Note III is expected to be revealed in the upcoming Samsung Unpacked 2 event this September 2013. No details or news on Malaysia pricing either but stay tuned and we'll keep you updated.
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2013
It almost seems like deja vu as information surfaces about Malaysia getting both Exynos and Snapdragon 800 powered versions of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note III phablet. Coming from the same source that said we'd get the Exynos Octa and Snapdragon 600 powered versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the site has released a country list for the various versions of the phablet. As mentioned earlier, Malaysia is listed as getting the SM-N900 and the SM-N9005.
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2013
After recently clearing DLNA certification, make no mistake that the Samsung Galaxy Note III is coming and coming soon. However, this hasn't stopped speculation as to tech specs about the upcoming phablet under the model name of SM-N900S which include:
- 1.8GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa / 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor
- 5.7-inch Super AMOLED (full HD 1080p)
- 3GB RAM
- 16GB / 32GB / 64GB storage
- 13MP rear camera (OIS)
- 3200 mAh / 3450 mAh battery
- Supports LTE + microSD
- Android 4.3 - confirmed due to DLNA certification
Last Updated: Aug 06, 2013
After teasing the Samsung Galaxy Note III for months now, Samsung are finally setting a date for it's unveiling. This date is 4 September 2013 for their Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 in New York city. While Samsung haven't stated for sure that it will feature the Note III there, the wording itself is suspect as Samsung have said to "Note the date" rather than the usual "Save the date" wording. As expected, the event is a few days before the IFA 2013 expo.
While there have been a whole bucket-load of rumours surprisingly, no really concrete evidence has managed to leak. So far we have estimates that there will be 3 separate versions of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note III, each with a different screen along with a different processor. This could include combinations of flexible screens with Snapdragon 800 processors or new Samsung Exynos 5420 processors along with 3GB worth of RAM. Other surprises in store for us could include a Samsung smartwatch which is what Sony did when they launched their Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
Last Updated: Jul 20, 2013
Samsung has recently announced an improved version of their Exynos 5 Octa chipset. While the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 already has the earlier version of the Exynos 5 Octa chipset it's performance has been overshadowed by the Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm. Rumours indicate that the enhanced version of the Exynos 5 Octa chipset may be called Exynos Evolved with the teaser from Samsung indicating that it will be "a more powerful, enhanced Exynos 5 Octa".
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2013
There have been a lot of rumours about the Samsung Galaxy Note III. Some have said that it would come with a 5.7-inch screen, while others have said 6-inches. Others more have said that it would have an unbreakable / flexible display. In a recent rumour, perhaps it could be that all of the above are correct in that there may be more than one version coming out for the Samsung Galaxy Note III. According to rumours there may actually be 4 such versions which include:
- Version 1 - Premium materials (carbon fiber, etc.), 13MP camera, unbreakable AMOLED screen, limited edition
- Version 2 - Plastic body, 13MP camera, normal AMOLED display
- Version 3 - Plastic body, 13MP camera, LCD Screen
- Version 4 - Plastic body, 8MP camera, LCD screen
Last Updated: Jul 08, 2013
South Korea's newspapers are practically buzzing about Samsung's next big device, which is the Samsung Galaxy Note III. The latest reports have it that the phablet will have a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display and not the 6-inch display as rumoured by other reports. It is still expected to offer 1080p resolutions with a Snapdragon 800 chipset and 3GB of RAM. Other notable tech specs also include a 13MP rear camera that may or may not have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). It is also said to be going for a slightly thinner profile than the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Reports also claim that the Samsung Galaxy Note III will be released during IFA 2013 and not before it as earlier reports suggest. With the IFA 2013 not that far off, all we need to do is be patient, wait and see.
Last Updated: Jul 04, 2013
Samsung's next big smartphone, the Galaxy Note 3 is rumoured to finally make a launch appearance on 4 September 2013 at a Samsung Unpacked event. This event will be held just before the IFA 2013 event. These rumours probably started because the first Samsung Galaxy Note was introduced at IFA 2011 while the Samsung Galaxy Note II got revealed at a similar Samsung Unpacked event in September 2012 (again right before IFA 2012). Tech specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 now include:
- 2.3GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 13MP rear camera (OIS)
- 5.7-inch Super AMOLED (1080p) / Flexible 5.99-inch AMOLED screen
- Supports LTE-A
- 8mm thick | 183g